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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, gestures as she speaks to media before a meeting with newly-elected mayors from across the country, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, to discuss job creation and ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity.

The 2014 JobFest is making its way through Kern County.

JobFest kicks off Feb. 7 in Delano and travels through Kern, ending in Bakersfield on May 13, a Kern County Department of Human Services news release said.

Job seekers should have about 20 copies of their resume on hand for potential employers to look at. For locations and times, go to

The 12th annual Kern County Lincoln Day Scholarship Essay Contest for high school seniors is taking applications.

The challenge of the contest is to pick a current issue that has either a local or national impact and explain, in 500 words or less, how Abraham Lincoln would have dealt with the issue if he were president today, a contest news release said.

All applications and essays must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Winners will be notified Feb. 18. First through third place winners will receive scholarships of $2,000, $1,000 and $750.

Applications can be picked up from school counselors or at 4900 California Ave., Suite 105-B. Applications are also available by emailing Nayeli Sanchez at For more information, call Sanchez at 327-9321.

American Legion Post 26 will provide dinner at its annual Flag Burning Ceremony and the community is encouraged to attend.

The ceremony provides a proper disposal of unserviceable United States flags in a dignified manner, an American Legion Post 26 news release said.

For dinner, there is a choice of steak or chicken with baked potato, vegetables, salad and a roll for $13. The event is at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 21 at 2010 H St.